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  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/



Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.


Right away, Smith had look of quality

Posted May 19, 2011

D.J. Smith knows how to make a first impression.

Back in 2007, as a freshman at Appalachian State, Smith joined a team that had won back-to-back NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) titles and his competition at weakside linebacker was a senior and three-year starter named Cam Speer.

By midseason, the coaching staff had given Speer’s job to Smith. Even more impressive, the veteran starter would have given it to the youngster, too.

“It came to that time where I had to go talk to (Speer) and explain to him what I was going to have to do, because D.J. was more productive,” Appalachian State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Dale Jones said. “So I brought him in the office and he looked at me and before I could even say anything, the kid said, ‘Coach, I know.’ D.J. was that good.”

Smith went on to lead Appalachian State to a third straight FCS title that year, kicking off a stellar four-year career that concluded with the Packers drafting him in the sixth round with the 186th overall pick.

That’s not to say Smith will stroll into Green Bay and immediately bump either of the incumbent starters at inside linebacker, A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop, down a notch on the depth chart.

It does say, however, that Smith won’t be intimidated by joining a championship outfit, and if there’s a way for him to make a contribution, he’s likely to find it.

“He’s such a football-savvy kid,” Jones said. “He’s probably the most intelligent football player I’ve ever been around.”

That’s a noteworthy statement considering Jones had just joined the Appalachian State staff back in 1996 when the school’s most famous football alum, Dexter Coakley, was a senior.

Coakley, a three-time Pro Bowler with the Dallas Cowboys, and Smith are the only players in Appalachian State history to compile more than 500 tackles in their careers.

“Could I compare them? Dexter was a faster kid than D.J. and D.J. is more physical, being 235 pounds,” Jones said. “D.J. is probably more complete, at this point.”

Working against Smith is the current labor situation, because he’s getting no minicamps or OTAs right now as he tries to make the jump from the FCS to the NFL.

Jones believes that Smith’s smarts will help him pick up Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme fairly quickly, as soon as he starts learning it, and that the leap in levels won’t be as big for Smith as it may appear.

As proof that Smith belongs, Jones points to Appalachian State’s games against Southeastern Conference powers Florida in 2010 and LSU in 2008. Smith recorded 14 tackles against the Gators and 11 against the Tigers and never appeared on tape to have been in over his head, something the Packers surely noticed as they studied Smith as well.

“He played as well against those guys, if not better, because of the competition,” Jones said. “The offensive linemen had trouble getting leverage on him and had trouble getting a good block on him, because he’s always in the right place. He looked like he definitely should be on the field.”

That’s where Smith hopes to find himself in Green Bay as well, wherever there’s a role for him.

Jones believes Smith would have been “dominant” at middle linebacker, but the team had better candidates for that spot than on the weak side, so Smith stayed put until injuries forced him to start a handful of games in the middle as a senior. In his first start there, he had 14 tackles, a sack and an interception he returned for a score.

“Being a smart football player can get you a long way,” Jones said. “I just think if he gets the opportunity, he’ll be somebody that will really shock people.”

For more feature stories on the 2011 draft class, click here.

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